Michigan Coaching Connections on the Coaching Carousel

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Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.

In the ever-changing world of college football coaching in December, this is merely a snapshot in time. It will change as soon as it is posted.

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Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, will be in the Sugar Bowl on January 2 against Florida. Head Coach Charlie Strong was rumored to have turned down the Tennessee job, will remain at Lousville, and the Cardinals are in the process of extending Strong’s contract. All of that should give Bedford job security and the opportunity to continue as Defensive Coordinator with what many see as a rising program.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
The Bearcats (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC on Thursday December 27. Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7. Stripling was named Interim Head Coach. In 2009, when both Stripling and Jones were at Central Michigan University, Jones departed for Cincinnati and Stripling was Interim Head Coach for CMU in the GMAC Bowl. With history repeating itself, there is speculation that Stripling will re-join Jones in Tennessee.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29. With the strong season at Syracuse, it is rumored that Shafer has interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan. That same article says that Morrison is a possibility to be Shafer’s Defensive Coordinator, should Shafer land the WMU job. It also mentions that Syracuse’s Head Coach, Doug Marrone, is rumored to have interviewed for the Wisconsin job – opening all sorts of possibilities for Shafer, Morrison, and Wheatley.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan on Wednesday December 26. Head coach Willie Taggart left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter (Petrino was introduced as WKU Head Coach on December 10). Petrino will reportedly be hands-off until after the bowl game. Sheridan’s first season with WKU was 2012. Sheridan’s dad, former Michigan assistant coach Bill Sheridan, is now Defensive Coordinator at Tampa Bay. There is no overlap in the careers of Petrino and the elder Sheridan. At this point it’s tough to say where Nick Sheridan will end up. WKU blog Toppatime will have all the latest on the WKU coaching staff.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio left to become Head Coach at Boston College on December 4. Heater interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple on December 7. Many news outlets have reported that should Heater not get the Temple job, he would follow Addazio to Boston College to become Defensive Coordinator for the Eagles. According to Philly.com, Temple won’t be naming its new head coach until at least the first part of next week.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
Among those with Michigan ties, with whom Loeffler has coached:

  • Erik Campbell, coached with Loeffler on Lloyd Carr’s staff from 2002-2007. While Loeffler’s traditional offensive philosophy would seem to be a perfect fit with Iowa, the Hawkeyes just completed Year One with a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis), and it’s doubtful they would make such a sudden move for an offensive coordinator with less than stellar results in his previous job, such as Loeffler.
  • Ron English, currently Head Coach at Eastern Michigan. Loeffler coached with English on Michigan’s staff from 2003-2007. Eagle Totem has reported that EMU’s 2012 Offensive Coordinator Ken Karcher no longer holds that position, so the Eagles are looking for a new Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler was on Lloyd Carr’s coaching staff with English at Michigan; was QB Coach when EMU Running Backs Coach Mike Hart was at Michigan; and was a Graduate Assistant when EMU Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson was a redshirt freshman and sophomore for the maize and blue.
  • Chuck Heater. Loeffler was Offensive Coordinator at Temple in 2011, when Heater was Defensive Coordinator for the Owls. They were also together on the 2009 and 2010 Florida Gators staffs. Heater is in the mix for the head coaching position with Temple; if he gets the Temple job, would Loeffler be a candidate for Heater’s staff? If Heater does not get the Temple job, he will most likely become Defensive Coordinator for Boston College and their new Head Coach, Steve Addazio. Loeffler coached with Addazio at Florida on those 2009 and 2010 staffs with Heater. Further, the new Athletic Director at Boston College, the man who hired Addazio, is Brad Bates, who played football for Michigan from 1978-80.
  • Vance Bedford. Loeffler was on the 2007 Michigan staff with Bedord, as well as the 2009 staff with the Florida Gators. Bedford is now Defensive Coordinator at Louisville under Cardinals Head Coach Charlie Strong, also part of the 2009 Gator staff. With the Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, it is reasonable to assume that some current Cardinals coaches could be in demand elsewhere, perhaps creating an opening for Loeffler on the Louisville staff.
  • Teryl Austin and Andy Moeller. Loeffler coached with Austin on the 2002 Michigan staff and the 2010 Florida Gators staff; and with Moeller on Lloyd Carr’s staff at Michigan from 2002-07. Austin is now Defensive Backs Coach with the Baltimore Ravens, while Moeller is the Offensive Line Coach. The Head Coach for the Ravens is of course John Harbaugh. Perhaps Loeffler could find himself on the Ravens staff after the season is over.
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    Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, 8-5, will be playing in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day against the Stanford Cardinal. Bret Bielema of course left Wisconsin in a surprising move to become Head Coach at Arkansas. Barry Alvarez will lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Would you rather have your Athletic Director searching for a new coach or preparing for a Rose Bowl? In any event, Faulkner played at Wisconsin from 1996-2000. Any new head coach will want his own staff. If the new Badger coach has Wisconsin ties, perhaps Faulkner stays. His only season on Bielema’s staff was 2012; other than that there is no history between Faulkner and Bielema – doubtful that he moves to Arkansas.

    John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24. Head Coach for the Wildcats, Brian Jenkins, was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Southern University coaching position; Jenkins will remain with Bethune-Cookman, according to news reports.

    Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place). Head Coach Terry Bowden has named a new offensive coordinator (A.J. Milwee, QB Coach for the Zips in 2012). The rest of the coaching staff, including Boykin, appear to be returning.

    NFL

    Cam Cameron, fired earlier this week as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron’s ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • Jim Harbaugh The NFL is a fraternity for coaches, if nothing else. Cameron was Michigan’s Wide Receivers Coach in 1986, Harbaugh’s last season with the Wolverines. Having coached for John Harbaugh and with Andy Moeller (Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Les Miles Cameron coached with Miles for 7 seasons at Michigan. Should Miles get an opening on his staff at LSU, it would be interesting to see if Cameron would be considered, or if Cameron would even be interested.
  • Jim Herrmann Cameron coached with Herrmann for 6 seasons at Michigan. Herrmann is now the Linebackers Coach for the New York Giants. Would New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin consider Cameron for any potential openings on the Giants staff at the end of the season?
  • Mike DeBord Cameron coached with DeBord for 2 seasons at Michigan. DeBord is now the Tight Ends Coach with the Chicago Bears.
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell, now Wide Receivers Coach at Iowa; Doug Mallory, now Defensive Coordinator at Indiana; Curt Mallory, now Secondary Coach at Michigan; Mike Elston, now Defensive Line Coach at Notre Dame; Steve Morrison, now Linebackers Coach at Syracuse; Tyrone Wheatley, now Running Backs Coach at Syracuse; and Matt Dyson, now Head Coach with George Mason University, where football is a club sport.
  • Warde Manuel. Now the Athletic Director at UConn, Manuel was a Michigan player during the early part of Cameron’s tenure with the maize and blue.
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    Wolverine Coaching Connection NFL Week 14 Recap

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

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    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 9-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, defeated Miami 27-13. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (14 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (276); 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (91 per game); and 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed (185 per game). Offensively, they are 2nd in the NFL in rushing with 162 yards per game.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 9-4 and in 1st place in the AFC North, lost to Washington in overtime, 31-28. Former Michigan coach Cam Cameron was of course fired in the aftermath. Under Cameron, the Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, was 9th in the league in points scored with 26 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 21 points per game, 10th in the league.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 9-4 and in 1st place in the NFC North, beat Detroit 27-20. Green Bay allows 117 yards rushing per game, 15th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 35 sacks this season, 6th in the NFL.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 9-4 and 2nd in the AFC South, defeated Tennessee 27-23. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 383 yards per game, 7th in the NFL, and has given Luck enough time to pass for an average of 277 yards per game, which is 8th in the league.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 8-5 and in 2nd place in the NFC North, lost to Minnesota 21-14. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 24 points per game, 14th in the NFL.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants, 8-5 and in 1st place in the NFC East, beat New Orleans 52-27. Ingram’s running backs average 116 yards per game, 15th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 3rd in points scored at 29 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 15 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 21 points per game, 8th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 20 passes this season, 2nd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, tied for 2nd in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-7 and in 2nd place in the NFC South, lost to Philadelphia 23-21. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 78 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 312 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 17 passes this season, 4th best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 4th most in the NFL.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints are 5-8, 3rd in the NFC South, after losing to the New York Giants 52-27. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 298 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are also 6th in points scored (27 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 44.9 net yards per punt.

    Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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    Wolverine Coaching Connection NFL Week 13

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

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    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. New Orleans, 5-7, lost to Atlanta on Thursday night, 23-13.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 8-2-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams. Kickoff is 1:00pm ET on FOX.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach.
    The Bears, 8-3 and in 1st place in the NFC North, host Seattle at 1:00pm ET, noon CT, on FOX.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 7-4 and in 2nd place in the NFC North, host 3rd place Minnesota in a key divisional showdown, 1:00pm ET on FOX.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 7-4 and in 2nd place in the AFC South, visits Detroit in a 1:00pm ET matchup on CBS.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay, 6-5, is at Denver in a 4:05pm ET, 2:05pm MT game on FOX.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); and
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three are now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens, 9-2 and in 1st place in the AFC North, host 2nd place Pittsburgh in a 4:25pm ET game on CBS. The Ravens were thisclose to going to the Super Bowl last season (remember the questionable pass interference in the end zone?); are 9-2 this season and 9th in the NFL in points per game, yet Cameron and the offense are consistently ripped in Baltimore. Here’s the latest.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both Herrmann and Ingram won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants, 7-4 and in 1st place in the NFC East, take on 2nd place Washington and RGIII in the Monday night game, 8:30pm on ESPN.

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    Wolverine Coaching Connections NFL Week 12 Recap

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    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 9-2, beat San Diego 16-13 in overtime. Cameron’s offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 9th in the league in points scored with 26 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 20 points per game, 7th in the league.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 8-2-1, defeated New Orleans 31-21. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (14 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (278) and 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed (187 per game). Offensively, they lead the NFL in rushing with 163 yards per game. For the latest on the 49ers, check out ninernoise.com.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 8-3, defeated Minnesota 28-10. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 25 points per game, 11th in the NFL.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 7-4, were pounded by the New York Giants, 38-10. Green Bay allows 104 yards rushing per game, 11th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 34 sacks this season, 3rd in the NFL.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 7-4, handled Buffalo 20-13. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 386 yards per game, 5th in the NFL, and has given its quarterback enough time to pass for an average of 278 yards per game, which is 7th in the league.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants, 7-4, beat up on Green Bay 38-10. Ingram’s running backs average 115 yards per game, 13th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 6th in points scored at 28 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 14 sacks all season, tied for best in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 21 points per game, 10th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 18 passes this season, 2nd in the NFL, and recovered 11 fumbles, tied for 4th in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-5, lost to Atlanta 24-23. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 82 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 316 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 16 passes this season, 3rd best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, tied for 3rd most in the NFL. Check out Buccaneers360.com for the latest on Tampa Bay’s season.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints are now 5-6 after losing to San Francisco 31-21. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 291 passing yards per game, 5th in the NFL. The Saints are also 5th in points scored (28 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 45.5 net yards per punt.

    Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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    Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; Week 11 Update

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

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    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 8-2, beat Pittsburgh 13-10. Cameron’s offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 7th in the league in points scored with 27 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 21 points per game, 9th in the league. They have intercepted 11 passes, tied for 9th in the NFL; and have recovered 10 fumbles, tied for 3rd in the league.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 7-2-1, rolled over Chicago, 32-7. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (13 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (277) and 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed (183 per game). Offensively, they lead the NFL in rushing with 165 yards per game. For the latest on the 49ers, check out ninernoise.com.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 7-3, lost on Monday night to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers, 32-7. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 25 points per game, 11th in the NFL.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 7-3, defeated Detroit 24-20. Green Bay allows 100 yards rushing per game, 11th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 33 sacks this season, 2nd in the NFL.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 6-4, were trounced by New England, 59-24. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 393 yards per game, 4th in the NFL, and has given its quarterback enough time to pass for an average of 283 yards per game, which is 8th in the league.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants, 6-4, had a bye week. Ingram’s running backs average 111 yards per game, 13th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 8th in points scored at 27 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 13 sacks all season, tied for best in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 22 points per game, 12th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 17 passes this season, 2nd in the NFL, and recovered 10 fumbles, 3rd in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-4, came from behind to defeat Carolina in overtime, 27-21. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 82 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 313 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 15 passes this season, 3rd best in the league. They have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, tied for 2nd most in the NFL. Check out Buccaneers360.com for the latest on Tampa Bay’s season.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints are now 5-5 after beating Oakland 38-17. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 296 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are 5th in total offense (391 yards per game) and 5th in points scored (29 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 45.2 net yards per punt. Malone talks about his tight ends.

    Source for all statistics is NFL.com.

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    NFL Week 11; Former Wolverines Coaching in the NFL

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

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    Former Michigan Players and Coaches Coaching Against Each Other

    Chicago Bears (7-2) at San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1), Monday night, 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT on ESPN.
    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach.
    Harbaugh and DeBord did not cross paths in Ann Arbor, but they were both instrumental in Michigan’s offense for many years.

    Former Michigan Players and Coaches

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 6-3, are at Detroit, 1:00pm ET on FOX.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay, 5-4, is at Carolina in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX. Here’s Sheridan’s press conference from earlier this week.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. The Saints, 4-5, are at Oakland in a 4:05pm ET, 1:05 PT game on FOX. Check out Black and Gold for the latest on the Saints.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 6-3, is at New England, 4:25pm ET, CBS.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); and
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three are now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The 7-2 Ravens are at Pittsburgh in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET, NBC. CBS Baltimore previews the game.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both Herrmann and Ingram won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants, 6-4, have a bye this week. Herrmann talks about his linebackers earlier in the week.

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    Ex-Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; Week 10 Update

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

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    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 7-2, lost to Houston 13-6. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 27 points per game, 8th in the NFL.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 7-2, rolled over Oakland 55-20. Cameron’s offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 4th in the league in points scored with 28 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 22 points per game, 13th in the league. They have intercepted 10 passes, tied for 6th in the NFL; and have recovered 8 fumbles, tied for 5th in the league. Despite being Offensive Coordinator for a team that nearly went to the Super Bowl a year ago, and is 7-2 this year, Cam Cameron is much-maligned in Baltimore. For this game, however, they actually gave the offense an A+.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 6-2-1, played to a 24-24 tie with St. Louis. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (14 per game). They are 3rd in the league in total yards allowed (292) and 5th in the NFL in passing yards allowed (197 per game). Offensively, they lead the NFL in rushing with 170 yards per game. For the latest on the 49ers, check out ninernoise.com.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 6-3, had a bye this week. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 28 sacks this season, tied for 2nd in that category.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 6-3, defeated Jacksonville last Thursday night 27-10. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 387 yards per game, 5th in the NFL, and has given its quarterback enough time to pass for an average of 278 yards per game, which is 8th in the league.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants are 6-4 after losing to Cincinnati 31-13. Ingram’s running backs average 111 yards per game, 13th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 9th in points scored at 27 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 13 sacks all season, tied for second best in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 22 points per game, 12th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 17 passes this season, 2nd in the NFL, and recovered 10 fumbles, 3rd in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 5-4, defeated San Diego 34-24. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 80 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 321 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 15 passes this season, 3rd best in the league. They have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, tied for 2nd most in the NFL.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints, 4-5, handed Atlanta its first defeat of the year, 31-27. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 304 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are 4th in total offense (392 yards per game) and 6th in points scored (28 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 45.4 net yards per punt.

    Source for all statistics is NFL.com.

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    Wolverine Week 10 NFL Coaching Connections

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches (for Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 6-3, defeated Jacksonville Thursday night 27-10.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); and
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three are now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The 6-2 Ravens host Oakland in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS. Here’s the latest in how Cam Cameron can do no right, even though the Ravens are 6-2 this season, and last season were a questionable pass interference call away from the Super Bowl.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both Herrmann and Ingram won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants, 6-3, are at Cincinnati in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay, 4-4, hosts San Diego in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. The Saints, 3-5, host Atlanta in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX. Check out Black and Gold for the latest on the Saints.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 6-2, host St. Louis in a 4:25pm ET, 1:25pm PT game on FOX.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 7-1, host Houston in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET, NBC.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 6-3, have a bye this week.

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    Wolverines Coaching in the NFL. Update After Week 9

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan Wolverine football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 7-1, defeated Tennessee 51-20. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 30 points per game, 3rd in the NFL.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 6-2, had a bye this week. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL (13 per game). They are 2nd in the league in both passing yards allowed (184 per game) and total yards allowed (271 yards per game). Offensively, they lead the NFL in rushing with 169 yards per game. Check out blog.sfgate.com/49ers for the latest on the 49ers.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93);
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
    The Ravens, 6-2, defeated Cleveland 25-15. Cameron’s offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 11th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 22 points per game, 15th in the league. They have intercepted 9 passes, tied for 8th in the NFL; and have recovered 6 fumbles, tied for 9th in the league. Ravens are 6-2 but Cameron still gets ripped consistently by the Baltimore press.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
    Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
    The Giants are 6-3 after losing to Pittsburgh 24-20. Ingram’s running backs average 109 yards per game, 15th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 6th in points scored at 28 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL, allowing just 9 all season. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 21 points per game, 10th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 17 passes this season, tied for most in the NFL, and recovered 9 fumbles, tied for 3rd in the league.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers are 6-3 after defeating Arizona 31-17. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 28 sacks this season, leading the NFL in that category.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 5-3, defeated Miami 23-20. Goodwin’s offensive line has given its quarterback enough time to pass for an average of 285 yards per game, which is 6th in the league.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 4-4, defeated Oakland 42-32. Sheridan’s defense leads the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging 77 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 321 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 13 passes this season, 3rd best in the league.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
    New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
    The Saints, 3-5, defeated Philadelphia in the Monday night game, 28-13. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 305 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are 5th in total offense (386 yards per game) and 8th in points scored (27 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 45.0 net yards per punt.

    Source for all statistics is NFL.com.

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    NFL Week 9 Wolverine Coaching Connection

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches (for Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

    Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 6-1, are at Tennessee in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.

    Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
    Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); and
    Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
    All three are now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The 5-2 Ravens are at Cleveland in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS. Cameron talks about the need to play better on the road.

    Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 5-3, host Arizona in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX. Check out the latest on the Packers here.

    Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 4-3, hosts Miami in a 1:00pm ET start on CBS.

    Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay, 3-4, is at Oakland in a 4:05pm ET, 1:05pm PT game on FOX.

    Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
    Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both Herrmann and Ingram won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants, 6-2, host Pittsburgh in a 4:25pm ET game on CBS.

    Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
    Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. The Saints, 2-5, host Philadelphia in the Monday night game on ESPN, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

    Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 6-2, have a bye this week.

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